Full Review

Great Frogs

Great Frogs
2016 Harness Creek Vineyards Meritage, Anne Arundel County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$50

Great Frogs
2016 Harness Creek Vineyards Meritage, Anne Arundel County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Red Meritage

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
Garnet black color. Savory aromas of smoked beets in vinaigrette, white bean, sugared plums, caponata, and mole with a crisp, light-to-medium body and a tingling, quick vanilla candle and caramel finish with moderate oak flavor. A rustic red with a savory edge.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Savory & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: smoked beets in vinaigrette, white bean, sugared plums, caponata, and mole
Taste Flavor: vanilla candle and caramel
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rustic red with a savory edge.

The Producer

Great Frogs

The Producer
3218 Harness Creek Rd
Annapolis, MD 21403
USA
1 443-254-3054

Their Portfolio

BR Great Freogs 2017 Tanyard Choptank River Vineyards Red, Maryland 13.3% (USA) $35.00. - Bronze Medal
90 Great Frogs 2015 Harness Creek Vineyard Vintner’s Red Anne Arundel County, Maryland 13% (USA) $45.00.
88 Great Frogs 2015 Harness Creek Vineyard Meritage Anne Arundel County, Maryland 13% (USA) $45.00.
BR Great Frogs 2016 Chesapeake White Queen Anne’s County, Maryland 13% (USA) $25.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Great Frogs 2016 Tanyard Reserve Choptank River Vineyards, Maryland 14% (USA) $35.00.
BR Great Frogs 2016 Queen Anne’s County Reserve, Chardonnay, Maryland 13.4% (USA) $30.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Great Frogs 2016 Vintner’s White Reserve Queen Anne’s County, Maryland 13.2% (USA) $30.00.
89 Great Frogs 2015 Harness Creek Vineyard Powatinika Red Blend Reserve Anne Arundel County , Maryland 13% (USA) $.00.
89 Great Frogs NV Chesapeake Red Blend , Maryland 14% (USA) $25.00.
85 Great Frogs 2016 Harness Creek Vineyards All Hands On Deck Anne Arundel County, Maryland 18% (USA) $35.00.
86 Great Frogs 2016 Harness Creek Vineyards EastPort Special Reserve Annapolis , Maryland 18% (USA) $60.00.
BR Great Frogs 2016 Harness Creek Vineyards Meritage, Anne Arundel County 13% (USA) $50.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Great Frogs 2016 Powatnika Harness Creek Vineyard, Anne Arundel County 13% (USA) $50.00.
88 Great Frogs 2017 Cold Blooded Tobacco Barn Reserve Red Blend, Maryland 13% (USA) $45.00.
BR Great Frogs 2017 Vitner’s White Reserve, Maryland 13.3% (USA) $35.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Great Frogs 2017 Vintner’s Tobacco Barn Reserve Red Blend, Maryland 14% (USA) $40.00.
86 Great Frogs 2017 Harness Creek Vineyard, Chardonnay, Anne Arundel County 13.6% (USA) $40.00.
85 Great Frogs 2017 Atomic 29 Artisan Collection Red Blend, Maryland 13% (USA) $75.00.
85 Great Frogs 2018 Rosé, Maryland 12.4% (USA) $27.50.

Red Meritage

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Meritage (rhymes with "heritage") is a term coined in California to describe a blended wine made with Bordeaux varieties. While there could be a white Meritage, the term generally refers to a red wine, thus made with any combination of five grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

Established in the 1980s, the concept of Meritage wines was initially greeted with a good deal of fanfare, but today, that excitement has waned. Most of the 100 plus wineries that make a Meritage-style wine are in California; many do not even use the term on the label, preferring their own fantasy name.

Meritage red wines age similarly to a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and are best paired with red meats and game.